On this twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attack, we remember with heightened clarity and somberness what we all felt on that awful day. We were terrified, shocked and in disbelief as we stared unblinking at television screens across the country at the horrific sights unfolding in front of us. And yet, we could not even come close to the experiences of those on site in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, and the millions who witnessed it firsthand with no TV screen separating them from the awful reality.
Time has passed, some things have gotten better and some have gotten worse, and life goes on, as it must. There are many in this world who find their sole purpose in life to be creating havoc and terror for specifically for America and Americans, and we know now that since 9/11/2001, this is the new 'norm' that will be with us always.
No matter what we face, whether we face it with allies or all alone, we are still the most powerful nation on earth, as shown by the frequency and eagerness of other nations to ask for our intervention and assistance in their times of need. Our nation's strength relies on the will of Americans, the belief in human rights, and the strength of our military forces.
In times of increasing post-9/11 threats and attacks on American interests everywhere, our fighting forces remain at the front of the line in stepping up to protect us. Truly amazing is that no matter how often our forces are called on, how far they are stretched or wherever they are asked to go, the response is always immediate and affirmative : "Sir, yes sir!".
The situations continue to degrade in Iraq, Afghanistan, throughout the Middle East, and now in Syria. Yet the truth is that, while many would tend to shy away from engagement, our forces are found running towards the problems, not running away from them.
In memory of all who have suffered on and since 9/11/2001, we thank the brave forces who have sacrificed at all levels to keep us free and safe and to keep an event like that from ever happening again.